Steve Bennett is Speaker for April

Steve served in the Air Force and is retired from Ameritrade.  He is a 20 year member of the Lions Club and drives a Lions Mobile Screening Unit that visits and screens for vision and hearing loss at schools, public events and corporations statewide. 


December 13th – Party Time!

Everyone please bring hors d’oeuvres,  finger foods or Christmas cookies to share.  Hot spiced cider and coffee will be provided.

Speaker:   Taylor A. Boney, Au.D, Ear Specialists of Omaha 

Taylor worked for a year as a doctoral extern in Dr. Thedinger’s office and received his Doctor of Audiology degree in May, 2016. 

Topic:  Hearing Aid Technology and iPhones


Beth Ellsworth, Advocacy Specialist, Nebraska Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, will address the following issue:  The NeAD is trying to get data to see if there is an interest in a special retirement center or independent facility for senior citizens who are either deaf or hard of hearing. 

November 8th Speaker – Change

Our scheduled speaker, an FBI detective, had to cancel so our speakers this month will be Mary Dyer and Sheryl Butler

Mary Dyer and Sheryl Butler will be talking again about why telecoils and hearing loops are important. Their PowerPoint will focus on the need for both those with hearing loss and hearing allies to speak out to request hearing loops. In addition, they will be specifically addressing the ways the medical community can be better at identifying and providing for patients who have hearing loss.
In addition, Mary is a member of the Commission for Deaf Services in Iowa, and will be sharing some exciting news, their working on legislation to require all hearing instrument specialists to provide telecoil information at the point of purchase. To date seven other states have drafted and introduced and passed similar legislation. This might be something we can, as the HLAA Omaha chapter, urge our own Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing to consider.
They will also have personal loop systems available to show, including portable loops, neck loops, small room loops and counter loops.


Doug McElwain and Don Kluge will be September speaker

The speakers for the September 13th meeting will be Doug McElwain who will talk about the content of the workshops he attended at the national Hearing Loss Association convention in Washington, D.C. in June. Don Kluge will talk about his experiences traveling in Australia and New Zealand this summer.

May Speaker – Christine Pett, M.S. Speech & Hearing

Christine is a certified Deaf Educator who has previously taught listening and spoken language to deaf and hard of hearing children (PreK-12) for twelve years in St. Louis, MO as well as in Phoenix, AZ. Christine became a Consumer Outreach Manager for MED-EL in 2010. She travels extensively throughout the Midwest to support educators, SLP’s, educational audiologists, parents of deaf children and adult consumers. Christine educates others on MED-EL’s cochlear implant technology and middle ear implant technology as well as MED-EL’s many educational and aural rehab support services. She is the mother of a (grown) son who has been wearing a cochlear implant for 14 years.

April Speaker – Mickie Burns, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA

Clinical Territory Manager

Financial relationship: employed by Cochlear Americas

No relevant nonfinancial relationships

Mickie is the Clinical Territory Manager for the Central Plains Territory. Mickie received her Master’s Degree in Audiology from Rush University Medical Center and her Clinical Doctorate in Audiology from Salus University. Mickie joined Cochlear in June 2014. Prior to Cochlear, Mickie worked as a clinical audiologist on the cochlear implant team at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Rush University Medical Center.

March Speaker – Dr. Peter Seiler

Dr. Peter J. Seiler, a Chicago native, retired from his position as the Executive Director for the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH). His most recent stint prior to NCDHH was Director of Student Life at the Kansas School for the Deaf (Olathe, KS). Prior to that, Dr. Seiler served as the superintendent of the Arkansas School for the Deaf (Little Rock, AR) and the Illinois School for the Deaf (Jacksonville, IL.) From 1989 to 1995, he was the campus administrator (principal) for the Nebraska School for the Deaf. Dr. Seiler also has had experiences in higher education (teacher training and administration), teaching high school Deaf students in both state center schools and mainstream settings, and school administration.  

On the side, Dr. Seiler teaches American Sign Language to both high school and college students. He is a licensed sign language interpreter in Nebraska and does tactile and close range interpreting for Deaf-Blind individuals.

Dr. Seiler has written several articles and chapters in books. He has given a number of presentations to various audiences on topics related to deafness. In addition, Seiler has been active in community affairs. He has served on city, state and national organizations. Nationally, he is the treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Al VanNevel Memorial Foundation which is a national charitable organization that provides scholarships to Deaf and Hard of Hearing college students in business-related field. Most recently, he is active with the Nebraska Association of the Deaf as its secretary. He also is active in Nebraska with parent organizations and professional circles.

His education training includes a BA degree in English from Lewis University, an MA degree in Education of Deaf from DePaul University, and a Doctor in Education Administration from Illinois State University.